This Week in Psychedelics - 9.9.16

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  • The Reason a Record Number of States Can Vote to Legalize Weed This Fall (ATTN:)
  • CDC: Young People Say Marijuana Is Becoming Less Available (NORML)
  • Can Cannabis Cure Cancer? (Leafly)
  • Women Are Changing The Way Cannabis Is Viewed, Consumed, And Understood (GOOD Magazine)
  • Court To Cops: Residing In A State Where Marijuana Is Legal Does Not Automatically Make A Motorist 'Suspicious' (TechDirt)
  • What's the Donald Trump Weed Position And Will It Benefit Cannabis Users? (Inquisitr)
  • The American Legion Wants Marijuana Reclassified to Help Treat PTSD (Reason)
  • Social Cannabis Use Makes the Ballot in Denver (Leafly)
  • Alaska Cannabis Regulators Poised to Approve Retail Licenses (Leafly)
  • Poll: Record Percentage Of Californians Backing Adult Use Initiative (NORML)
  • Italian Law Enforcement Join Push for Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)
  • Young veterans find purpose as cannabis watchmen in Colorado (The Seattle Times)
  • 7 Must Attend Cannabis Events This Fall (Merry Jane)
  • 4 Lessons Learned Working in the New Cannabis Industry (Small Business Times)
  • Black Rock OG Supports Cannabis Law Reform (NORML)
  • San Francisco's private cannabis lounge: leather seating, chess and a concierge (The Guardian)
  • Study: Cannabis May Treat Vascular Dementia (The Weed Blog)
  • Melissa Etheridge developing cannabis collection (


  • How the CIA Used LSD to Destroy the New Left (Dissident Voice)
  • LSD dealer sentenced to life granted clemency by Obama (Dazed)
  • Oteil Burbridge Talks About Taking Owsley LSD At The Gorge With Dead & Company (Live for Live Music)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Many Silicon Valley professionals are microdosing with psilocybin, LSD before work (Natural News)
  • Is tripping on mushrooms the secret to happiness? (Fusion)


  • Drug Safety Organization The Loop Have Issued a Warning About Orange 'Tesla' Pills (THUMP)


  • The Ayahuasca Pre-Diet: How to Prepare for an Ayahuasca Ceremony, According to Shamans (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale (The New Yorker)
  • DMT: 'The Spirit Molecule' Explained (World of Lucid Dreaming)
  • This Silicon Valley angel investor loves a drug that gave him hours of seizures (SFGate)


  • Ibogaine Therapy: Why You Probably Need Multiple Treatments to Fully Recover from Addiction (Psychedelic Times)
  • Heart Medicine: Interview with Elizabeth Bast and Chor Boogie (Psychedelic Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Anything-goes culture surrounds dangerous bath salts, designer drugs (Palm Beach Post)


  • Ketamine Is an Essential Medicine, Says Anesthesiologists (VICE)
  • Ketamine has split personality: risky club drug, effective anesthetic (KTOO)
  • Man sentenced for PCP-fueled armed robberies at bars on Cleveland's West Side (


  • The Global Heroin Epidemic: 90% of World's Supply Still Comes From Afghanistan (Sputnik International)
  • Heroin Epidemic's New Terror: Carfentanil (Rolling Stone)
  • America is suffering from a heroin epidemic. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don't seem to care (The Week)
  • How Opioids Are Contributing to the High Maternal Death Rate in America (ATTN:)


  • Outrage over DEA's Kratom Decision (Pain News Network)
  • Kratom Ban In The US: What Is It, Effects & Why Is It Being Banned? (Morning Ledger)
  • Kratom Petition Attracts 55K Signatures In Six Days, 100K Needed For Response From White House (Inquisitr)
  • DEA ban on kratom affecting local businesses (KRDO)
  • Why You Should Never Smoke Kratom (Kratom Project)


  • Somalia: Puntland state slams Federal Government ban on Khat (Garowe Online)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Death Toll From Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's War on Drugs Has Exceeded 2,400 (TIME)
  • Netherlands Leads the Dark Net Polls in Drug Distribution (The Merkle)
  • Indonesia's Drug Czar Is Buying Up Weapons After Saying He Wants a Duterte-Style Drug War (TIME)
  • What Happens When You Flush Pills Down the Drain (ATTN:)
  • What Happened When We Tested Women's Drugs at a Music Festival (Broadly)
  • [Event] The Legal Regulation of Psychedelics (VolteFace)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.